TR Cutler | Mes For Engineer-to-Order Manufacturers

by : Thomas Cutler

The core value of MES technology is closing the control loop. This includes sending order-related data to the shop floor and receiving feedback from the shop floor data on how the production process is running. MES allows personnel to act on any interruptions in the production process and happens on every level on the factory floor, from the operator checking the quality sample of the current product being manufactured to the operations manager checking the weekly yield and performance. Real-time data is the key.

Manufacturing execution system or MES is a technology solution of functions designed to ensure real-time control of the production processes. It also includes the transformation of logistic information into process control data. According to Randy Richel, President of Trakware Systems, Inc., implementing ETO (engineer-to-order) MES (manufacturing execution system) is a first step in achieving benefits such as:

&bullOptimizing asset utilization
&bullIncreasing overall equipment effectiveness
&bullMaximizing Return on Investments (ROI)
&bullImproving product quality and operator empowerment
&bullReducing costs, scrap, cycle time, lead time, work in progress and data entry time

Leading manufacturing journalist TR Cutler profiles MES for Project-based manufacturers in Industry 2.0. The article may be read at its entirety at

Trakware Systems ( is the worldwide leader in manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions for engineer-to-order (ETO) and project-based manufacturers maximizing both profitability and productivity. Trakware specializes in lean business-critical functions such as estimating, advanced scheduling, job costing, production management and labor as well as material shop floor data collection. TRAKware software fully integrates with existing ERP systems, as well as major software providers for financials, engineering design, optimization, payroll and wireless interaction for mobile workers. Trakware recognizes ETO manufacturing as a process and includes a wide range of industry sectors including Architectural Woodworking, Cabinets, Store Fixtures, Doors and Windows, Furniture, Oil and Gas Fabrication, Solid Surface, Metal Fabrication, Yachts-building, and Custom Electronics.

Founded in 1995, Trakware's partners include Microsoft, Oracle, ADP, Sage, and SolidWorks, Dell and TouchSystems. TRAKware software allows any manufacturer with unique requirements of a custom engineered-to-order business, in any industry, to have total control of each and every order through the plant. Trakware is the leader in delivering innovative Manufacturing, Planning, and Control (MPC) solutions for project-based manufacturers.